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for the f.p.a conning tower. and the newspapers used to carry light verse, every newspaper. there were about twenty-five of them at that time, not two or three now owned by two people in the world, you know. and they actually carried light verse. well, yip and ira and dorothy parker, the whole crowd, had light verse in there, and, you know, they loved it. so, when the crash came and yip's business went under, and he was about anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 in debt, his partner went bankrupt. he didn't. he repaid the loans for the next 20 or 15 years, at least. ira and he agreed that he should start writing lyrics. amy goodman: let's talk about what yip is most known for: finian's rainbow, the wizard of oz. right here, what do we have in front of us? ernie harburg: we have a lead sheet. we are in the gallery of the lincoln center for the performing arts, and there's an exhibition called "the necessity of rainbows," which is the work of yip harburg. and we are looking at the lead sheet of "brother, can you spare a dime?" which came from a review called americana, whichit was the first review
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